Yes, I’m an introvert. No, I’m not shy. No, I’m not stuck up. No, I’m not antisocial. I’m just listening. I’m observing. I can’t stand small talk, but I’ll talk about life for hours. I’d rather be home with a close friend or two that among a big crowd of acquaintances. Don’t scold me in public. Don’t embarrass me in public. Respect that I’m reserved. If I open myself up to you, know that means you’re very special to me. If you think I’m quiet it might be because your energy is so LOUD that it overwhelmed me. I am rarely bored alone. I am often bored in groups and crowds. Just because I am not talking doesn’t mean I’m in a bad mood. Sometimes I just like being quiet. I’m a strong independent introvert who don’t need social life. An introverts desire for solitude is more than just a preference. It is crucial to our health and happiness. Introverts are capable of acting like extroverts for the sake of work they consider important, people they love, or anything they value highly. Your introversion is a gift that doesn’t need to be cured or fixed. I may look like I’m not doing anything, but I’m quite busy problem-solving, being creative, or just thinking in my head with about 30 tabs open. Introverts gain energy from being alone while extroverts gain energy from being around others. Don’t underestimate me because I’m quiet, I know more than I say, think more than I speak and observe more than you know. The problem with being introverted is that there is no polite way of saying “I love you but I’m tired of being with you right now”. Sometimes I need to go off on my own. I’m not sad. I’m not angry, I’m recharging my batteries. Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalising. My first instinct when I see an animal is to say “Hello”. My first instinct when I see a person is to avoid eye contact and hope it goes away. Quiet people have the loudest minds. Sometimes I shut down and don’t talk to anyone for days. It’s nothing personal. I do not mean I have nothing planned. I mean that I plan to do nothing. A lot of people think being introverted is a bit weird, I think it’s weird that others can’t enjoy their own company without the distractions of other people.
Introverts unite separately in your own home please. Social distancing is a blessing.